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Old 02-23-10, 01:20 AM   #1
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I am going to do a triathlon!!!!! (but I need help)

Hey guys, I am running a triathlon !! But right now I am out of shape. . I am Homer Simpson out of Shape. Is it possible to get into shape for one of these things by June, also I am not a really good swimmer is it psoible to learn how to do that by June.

I know my goals are VERY HIGH, but I think I am reach them.
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Old 02-23-10, 06:25 AM   #3
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you have plenty of time to train and are able to take it slow, i was borderline Homer Simpson and I'm doing it, and I didn't have near the time you've got to train.

Read the stuff above, take it slow, and enjoy. I know I have and I've lost almost 20+ pounds in 6 weeks.

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Go check out some training plans at beginnertriathlete.com. I think there's a "couch-to-sprint" plan that might suit you well...
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I am training for my first Triathlon as well! Yes, yes, yes, you have enough time if you really want it. I am training for mine in about the same time frame. What I did was start with the hardest thing first. For me, it was running. Then a month later I added swimming, and a couple of weeks later biking. I joined a gym with a pool. Now I go 3-4 times a week. On those days I walk/run 30 minutes, bike 30 minutes on a stationary bike, and I swim 30 minutes. If I can do this, you can! I'm certainly not concentrating on winning the Triathlon...on this one I just want to finish. I already feel accomplished doing three sports that I would have never done without the training. It is a great feeling!
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This doesn't sound like an appropriate goal. Sorry. You know what a triathlon is right?
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well that kind of depends on which triathlon. a sprint, yes, an Ironman, absolutely not. You should be able to finish a sprint by june
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In 6 months I lost 30kg and trained for my 1st sprint try, just comes down to how determined you are! Certainly achievable in that time, join a local tri club and/or find a mentor, mine started out a little over weight and in three years Competed at kona. Go hard!
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Thanks for all the good advice . I am sure I would be ready. It is a small one . Swimming 3000 m, 9 mile ride, and 5 k run.
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Thanks for all the good advice . I am sure I would be ready. It is a small one . Swimming 3000 m, 9 mile ride, and 5 k run.
Woah wait, you mean 300m right?
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yeah 300 lol
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yeah 300 lol

It could certainly be possible. I recommend this book a lot, it's called Triathlon Training in 4 Hours a Week by Eric Haar. The name may be a tad misleading, but what I appreciate most about it is how accessible it makes that first event. It will guide you through a simple fitness evaluation (from couch potato up), and then suggest some very basic, fitness appropriate training plans. The longest one runs about 8 weeks. You can get it on Amazon, and used it's pretty cheap, around $4 I think. We very breifly review the book on our site. We don't sell it, or receive any benefit from recommending it - I've read it though and watched others use it successfully. You might also check out some of our beginner tips. Triathlon is a fantastic sport, get ready for a wild ride!
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